Ultimate Summer Reading List // History and Fantasy {part two}

Many recommendations were made for historical fiction and fantasy, so here is day two of “History and Fantasy.” Enjoy!

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Description via amazon.com: Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.


Age: 12+

Why I loved it: It is a historical fiction/fantasy and a great new take on time traveling. -Abby W.

The Zion Covenant series by Bodie and Brock Thoene

Description via amazon.com: In 1936 Nazi darkness descends upon Europe. Every person is only one step away from being swept into the nightmarish tide of evil. Blond Elisa Lindheim, a violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, adopts an Aryan stage name for protection. But her closest friend, Leah, a talented Jewish cellist, is in a perilous position.

There are those who choose to fight Hitler’s madness. Elisa’s father, Theo. A courageous American reporter, John Murphy. Winston Churchill, the British statesman. A farm family in the Tyrolean Alps. The Jewish Underground. But will all their efforts be enough to stop the coming Holocaust?

And now Elisa must decide. If she becomes part of the Underground, she will risk everything . . . and put everyone she loves in danger.


Age: 15+

Why I loved it: This book series is captivating. Just ask my family, I read during dinner, in the car, on the way to school etc.. 🙂 The authors make history come alive through their vivid retelling of WWII Europe.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Description via amazon.com: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.


Age: 13+

Why I loved it: The Hunger Games has a message that I think is important for people to hear. -Jessica B.

The world Suzanne Collins created is ingeniously written, but the characters have a few weak points.- Liz G.

Christy by Catherine Marshall 

Description via amazon.com: In the year 1912, nineteen-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains — and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.


Age: 12+

Why I loved it: This is a really unique story and offers readers a glimpse into another world. -Courtney R.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Description via amazon.com: William Goldman’s modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that’s thrilling and timeless.


Age: 12+

Why I loved it: A farm boy turned pirate, a commoner turned princess, a fencing Spaniard, a rhyming Turkish giant, an overbearing prince—almost everyone knows the movie version of this extremely quotable story, but many do not know that it came from a book. The novel is a whole other dimension of humor. The cheesiness is played up and artfully twisted into the best fairytale ever written. -Liz G.

Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers

Description via barnesandnoble.com: This first book in the classic best-selling Mark of the Lion series brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget—Hadassah. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, a young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.


Age: 16+

Why I loved it: This beautiful story set in ancient Rome was a reminder that God’s plans are perfect and He is in control of everything. Rivers is also a wonderful story-teller and truly makes the characters and stories come to life.


Tomorrow is the last day of the Ultimate Summer Reading List. Check in a special surprise!


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